The smart cabrio is an icon with cult character. The open two-seater has enjoyed great popularity in many European cities for years, especially in Rome. However, this didn't stop the developers from further improving and refining details. The soft top is a good example of this. Whereas the driver previously had to get out to lock the soft top in its final position at the rear, this is now done fully automatically at the touch of a button. Furthermore, the soft top can be opened and closed at any speed.
The heated rear window is now made of safety glass instead of PVC – the same material as the side windows. As it is higher than the previous PVC window when the soft top is open, the loading volume increases noticeably.
As before, drivers of a smart fortwo cabrio can release the rear bow of the soft top and swing it up. The soft top snaps into place in a folded up position facilitating loading of the luggage compartment. For even more cabriolet feeling, the roof bars can be removed by releasing levers on the B-pillars and stored in made-to-measure compartments integrated in the tailgate.
The soft top itself is made from a strong black polyacrylic fabric on the outside with a polyester/cotton mix on the inside and a layer of rubber in between.
The roof spoiler made of black polyamide boasts an aerodynamic shape and also accommodates the third brake light. The entire soft top has been developed and produced by the roof specialist Edscha.
The body structure of the smart fortwo cabrio shares 70 percent of its panels with the coupé. The A-pillar has been strengthened in the windscreen area with an internal high-strength steel tube. The solid roll-over bar between the B-pillars is welded and bolted to the tridion safety cell. All these measures add just 15 kilograms to the weight of the car.